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2018 Conference

“Thank you so very much for a relevant and inspiring day.”

“An interesting and thought-provoking conference. I’m going to raise the aspects explored and discussed today in relation to how I wish to develop our post-adoption service.”

Thank you to all who attended our 2018 conference: ‘Assessing and Treating Developmentally Traumatised Children’ on 19 October. It was a wonderful opportunity to bring together so many professionals, parents and carers to discuss and find out how our growing knowledge of neuroscience can improve the treatment of developmentally traumatised children.

Many good things came out of the conference. Colwyn Trevarthen, our keynote speaker reminded us all how important the first few weeks and months of a baby’s life are. What really struck home to me was his point that babies from the outset are intentional. They want to relate, they need to relate and they have a way of relating in-built that is musical in nature. Read more of Alan Burnell’s Conference blog here.

Please do get in contact with us at Family Futures if you have any comments or queries about the information presented at the conference:


Latest findings for Neuro-Physiological Psychotherapy: a comparison of outcomes for treatment vs non-treatment groups
Dr Elaine McCullough and Amy Mathura, Family Futures

Downloads available to delegates only here:

Keynote Presentation: The Poetry and Drama of Learning in Early Childhood: how affections of ‘Human Sense’ inspire ‘Common Sense’
Professor Colwyn Trevarthen

Adoptive parents’ perspective on the research
Marie Louise Sauerberg, We are Family, Adoption Support Community

Lunchtime presentation by Alex Soteriades, Family Futures: Young People’s Forum and anti-bullying animation


1. The implications for family placement services of Developmental and Complex Trauma. How can these services be improved in the light of what we now know?

2. Why is multidisciplinary assessment important and what tools do we use?

3. What is Sensory Integration and why is intervention important for neglected and abused children?

4. What is a neurosequential approach to therapy and how do Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Theraplay® fit in to this model?

5. Are foster carers, adoptive parents and schools set up to care for Developmentally Traumatised children?

Conference Photo Gallery

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